first_imgFederer, who lost to Djokovic on Thursday in the Federer, who lost to Djokovic on Thursday in the semifinals, said after his opening-round victory that if any new claims of match-fixing were true, it would be “super serious.” But he said hed heard “old names being dropped.” “Its like who? What? Its like thrown around, its so easy to do that. I would love to hear names. Then at least its concrete stuff,” Federer said last week. “Was it a player? Was it support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, was it singles player? Which slam? Its so all over the place. Its nonsense to answer something that is pure speculation.” After the initial reports, lists of players appeared on blogs and speculation and innuendo dominated social media. Mainstream media weighed in. “Its important to point out that having lists, which are mainly compiled by suspicious betting patterns, do not mean corruption,” Kermode said. Last Sunday, the New York Times named some names. The newspaper reported that a betting agency had stopped taking bets on a mixed doubles match a half-day before it was set to start at the Australian Open because of an unexpected betting plunge. All players in the match rejected any suggestion of fixing. The winning team confirmed theyd been interviewed by the Tennis Integrity Unit. On the same day, a case involving a 27-year-old former top 200 player at a low-level futures event in 2013 in Toowoomba, a provincial town in the northern Queensland state, faced a court in Sydney over a corrupt betting charge. Nick Lukas Lindahl was said to have told a friend he was going to “tank” a match “because thats what tennis players do when they cant play their best.” He faces court again in April. Tanking is the tennis term for not giving 100 percent in a game, set or match. Tennis officials recognize there are at least 68 wagers a gambler can make on a match. There are thousands of matches played in tournaments around the world each year, and it could be a target for illegal gambling because it takes only one player to corrupt an outcome, Even in the Grand Slam tournaments, where scrutiny is high, players can be subjected to fines or sanctions by umpires or tournament referees for what is called “best efforts” or, more specifically, not putting in their best effort. The independent review of the Tennis Integrity Unit, which was set up in 2008 to combat match-fixing, will have an open-ended deadline and budget and its findings will be made public. “Yeah, thats positive,” Murray said after his quarterfinal win. “I think in these situations, I think people become skeptical when its sort of kept in-house a little bit.” AP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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